Highlights of Britain 2021/2022

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11 Days / 10 Nights
Availability : April - October
Start: London, England
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

Highlights of Britain: 1 nt London, 2 nts Cotswolds, 2 nts Denbighshire, 2 nts York, 2 nts Lake District, 1 nt Scottish Borders

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book. 

Join us for a classic Back-Roads journey that delves deep into Britain’s fascinating history and culture. In England we’ll trace the footsteps of famous writers and poets, uncovering the scenic countryside that inspired their greatest works. While in North Wales and Scotland, our journey will take in evocative scenery and dramatic castles – immersing ourselves in age-old traditions as we go. Experience it all on this unforgettable 11-day journey.

11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

– Discover Britain’s literary greats at the Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm and Rydal Mount – William Wordsworth’s family home
– Explore some of Britain’s most spectacular regions including the Cotswolds, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District
– Explore the medieval Shambles and Snickelways of York
– Immerse yourself in the grandeur and opulence of Castle Howard

 

 

Pick Up Location & TIme

Wellington Hotel by Blue Orchid (London)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

TBA ( Edinburgh)
Late Afternoon tour ends.

Price Includes

  • 10 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily full English breakfasts, 5 dinners
  • Visit Worcester Cathedral, Explore Snowdonia National Park, Beatrix Potter's Hilltop Farm
  • Orientation tours in Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and York, Visit Birdoswald Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals

  • 10 breakfasts
  • 0 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1London

An epicenter of rich history and innovation, London is where we’ll meet for the start of our incredible journey. Tonight, we’ll get to know one another over a delicious welcome dinner. (D)

Accommodation: Wellington Hotel by Blue Orchid (or similar)

Day 2London – Oxford – Cotswolds

After breakfast, we’ll leave the capital behind us and set a course for the ‘dreaming spires’ of Oxford – where an orientation tour of this medieval university town awaits. Then: it’s off to the Cotswolds, where we’ll spend some time exploring charming villages full of honey-coloured cottages. (B)

Accommodation: Three Ways House Hotel (or similar)

Day 3Cotswolds – Stratford-Upon-Avon – Cotswolds

There will be plenty of time to enjoy this morning at your leisure before we board the mini-coach and make tracks to Stratford-upon-Avon – the picturesque Tudor market town where William Shakespeare was born. We’ll have some time to follow in the Bard’s footsteps on an orientation tour before pressing on to the rolling hills and panoramic views of the Cotswolds. (B)

Accommodation: Three Ways House Hotel (or similar)

Day 4Cotswolds – Worcester – Denbighshire

We’ll discover more about the crusades of saints and kings on a visit of Worcester Cathedral before our road turns towards the rugged ancient landscapes of Wales this afternoon. This evening, we’ll dine together in Denbighshire. (B,D)

Accommodation: The Mulberry Inn (or similar)

Day 5Denbighshire – Snowdonia National Park – Denbighshire

Prepare for a soul-stirring sight this morning – the magnificent Snowdonia National Park (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) is our next stop. Boasting 823 square miles of captivatingly diverse landscapes, Snowdonia National Park is an area steeped in culture and local history. We’ll spend the day exploring the park together before returning to the hotel for a sumptuous dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: The Mulberry Inn (or similar)

Day 6Denbighshire – Liverpool – York

Today’s itinerary has a distinctly musical theme. After breakfast, we’ll leave Wales behind us and move on to Liverpool – the welcoming (and fiercely proud) city that gave birth to The Beatles. What better way to get into the ‘Beatlemania’ spirit than a visit to The Beatles Story museum? Toes still tapping, we’ll round off the day in York where we’ll have the evening to spend at our leisure. (B)

Accommodation: The Churchill Hotel (or similar)

Day 7York

We’ve a full day to spend getting to grips with York, starting with an orientation tour of the Old Town. There are centuries of history to uncover along the medieval Shambles and Snickelways – and plenty of photo opportunities to be claimed! This evening is ours to spend at leisure in town or back at the hotel. (B)

Accommodation: The Churchill Hotel (or similar)

Day 8York – Castle Howard – Lake District

Today we’ll rewind to the glory days of the English country estate with a self-guided tour of the magnificent Castle Howard. Our path will then take us through Yorkshire Dales National Park, passing by rivers, tiny villages and centuries-old stone walls. The invigorating Lake District will be the spectacular conclusion to the day’s journey. Tonight, we’ll come together to share a delicious meal at the hotel. (B,D)

Accommodation: The Waterhead Hotel (or similar)

Day 9Lake District

What better way to spend the day than discovering the Lake District’s historic highlights? Our first stop on the shores of Lake Windermere will be Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm – the place where she wrote many of her beloved children’s stories. This afternoon, we’ll visit the charming Rydal Mount and Gardens, the historic family home of William Wordsworth. Later, a scenic lake cruise awaits. We’ll take to the water to soak up the awe-inspiring scenery of this spectacular region before returning to our accommodation for the evening. (B)

Accommodation: The Waterhead Hotel (or similar)

Day 10Lake District – Scottish Borders

Today we’ll visit Birdoswald Roman Fort in Cumbria. Located on the longest continuous stretch of Hadrian’s Wall, here we’ll take some time to uncover centuries-old history and admire the awe-inspiring vistas before pressing on to the Scottish Borders. This evening we have a cultural treat in store! A traditional haggis dinner and bagpipe demonstration will provide us with a grand ending to our final night. (B,D)

Accommodation: Woodland House Hotel (or similar)

Day 11Scottish Borders – Abbotsford House – Rosslyn Chapel – Edinburgh

Before we say our goodbyes, there’s still plenty of time to round things off with a visit to the grand Abbotsford House and beautiful Rosslyn Chapel. Our tour will conclude upon arrival in Edinburgh. (B)

Dates and Prices: 2021 and 2022
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2021: July 1, 12, 23 $4,769 $5,769
2021: August 9, 25 $4,769 $5,769
2021: September 3, 5, 14 $4,769 $5,769
2021: September 23, 27 $4,469 $5,409
2021: October 5, 8 $4,469 $5,409
2022: April 3, 10, 17 $4,469 $5,409
2022: April 9 reverse itinerary $4,469 $5,409
2022: April 24 $4,769 $5,769
2022: May 1, 3, 8, 15, 17 $4,769 $5,769
2022: May 14 reverse itinerary $4,769 $5,769
2022: May 22, 24, 29 $4,849 $5,869
2022: June 5, 7, 12, 19, 21, 26 $4,769 $5,769
2022: June 11 reverse itinerary $4,769 $5,769
2022: July 3, 10, 14, 17, 24, 31 $4,769 $5,769
2022: July 9 reverse itinerary $4,769 $5,769
2022: August 6 reverse itinerary $4,769 $5,769
2022: August 7, 14, 21, 28, 30 $4,769 $5,769
2022: September 4, 6, 11, 13, 18 $4,769 $5,769
2022: September 4 reverse itinerary $4,769 $5,769
2022: September 20, 25, 27 $4,469 $5,409
2022: September 24 reverse itinerary $4,469 $5,409
2022: October 2, 9, 16 $4,469 $5,409

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures.

We recommend combining with: Corners of Cornwall before and/or A Scottish Journey after

 

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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